After tackling the question "Can Food Production and a Clean Chesapeake Bay Coexist?" at our panel event back in February, CRA and our partners want to continue the conversation between farmers, environmentalists, and the public. We addressed the role of the farmer and the role of the environmentalist, and now we want to address a role that each and every one of us plays: the consumer. This panel discussion is titled: "How consumer demand is shaping the future of agriculture and water quality."
Thursday, November 17 - 6:30 p.m. - Washington College, Gibson Center for the Arts - free and open to the public - reception to follow with Kilby Cream ice cream, desserts, and cash bar
The panel will be moderated by Kim Coble, Vice President for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and our panelists represent a who's who in their respective fields and will provide a wide range of perspectives for the topic at hand:
- Greg Bowen is a land planner and president of Land Stewardship Solutions
- Frank DeGennaro is the Vice President of Specialty Crops for Perdue AgriBusiness
- Jay Ford is the Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper and owner of Shine and Rise Farm
- Trey Hill is a Kent County farmer producing corn, wheat, and soybeans for the Mid-Atlantic region
- Alison Howard is an organic grain and vegetable farmer in Queen Anne's County; and
- Dr. Ray Weil is a soil scientist with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
This free event is co-hosted by the Sassasfras River Association and the Chester River Association in coordination with the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. The College is hosting the event and a light reception afterward in Decker Theater in the Gibson Center for the Arts. We hope you will join us!
*panelist bios and a program will be available on our website closer to the date